Special Cup

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The Special Cup logo in Mario Kart 8

The Special Cup is the final cup in Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, and Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, as well as the last of the Nitro cups since Mario Kart DS. In Mario Kart: Super Circuit is it the last of the "standard" courses, with the Extra Cups being unlocked afterwards and Extra Special Cup being the final cup.

Aside from Mario Kart 64 where the cup is available from the start, the criteria to unlock the Special Cup varies by game. In Super Mario Kart, the player may unlock it by winning all three cups in 100cc (though it will be unavailable for the 50cc class); in Mario Kart: Super Circuit it is available by winning the four previous cups, each by class; in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, it appears after the player finished first in the Star Cup in 100cc; from Mario Kart DS onwards, it is unlocked once the player claims a trophy in the Star Cup.

The Special Cup consists of long, challenging courses with lots of gimmicks and harder difficulties. It always ends with Rainbow Road as the game's climactic course. Starting in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Bowser's Castle is the penultimate course before Rainbow Road. The emblem of the Special Cup is currently a crown (seen to the right), although in Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart: Super Circuit it is represented by the letter "S", the initial of "special." In Super Mario Kart it is a combination of the three emblems used for the Mushroom Cup, Flower Cup, and Star Cup respectively.

List of courses[edit]

Game Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Super Mario Kart SNES Donut Plains 3.png
Donut Plains 3
SNES Koopa Beach 2.png
Koopa Beach 2
SNES Ghost Valley 3.png
Ghost Valley 3
SNES Vanilla Lake 2.png
Vanilla Lake 2
SNES Rainbow Road.png
Rainbow Road
Mario Kart 64 DK'sJungleParkway.png
DK's Jungle Parkway
YoshiValley.png
Yoshi Valley
BansheeBoardwalk.png
Banshee Boardwalk
RainbowRoadMK64.png
Rainbow Road
N/A
Mario Kart: Super Circuit LakesidePark.png
Lakeside Park
BrokenPier.png
Broken Pier
BowsersCastle4.png
Bowser Castle 4
RainbowRoad.png
Rainbow Road
N/A
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! WarioColosseumIcon-MKDD.png
Wario Colosseum
DinoDinoJungleIcon-MKDD.png
Dino Dino Jungle
BowserCastleIcon-MKDD.png
Bowser's Castle
RainbowRoadIcon-MKDD.png
Rainbow Road
N/A
Mario Kart DS Estadiowario.PNG
Wario Stadium
Peach GardensDS.PNG
Peach Gardens
Castillo Bowser.PNG
Bowser Castle
Rainbow RoadDS.PNG
Rainbow Road
N/A
Mario Kart Wii Dry Dry Ruins.PNG
Dry Dry Ruins
Moonviewhighway.png
Moonview Highway
BowsersCastleMKW.jpg
Bowser's Castle
RainbowRoadwiiview.png
Rainbow Road
N/A
Mario Kart 7 DKJungle.png
DK Jungle
RosalinaIceWorld.png
Rosalina's Ice World
BowserCastleMK7.png
Bowser's Castle
RainbowroadMK7.png
Rainbow Road
N/A
Mario Kart 8 MK8-Course-CloudtopCruise.png
Cloudtop Cruise
.
MK8-Course-Bone-DryDunes.png
Bone-Dry Dunes
Bone Dry Dunes
MK8-Course-Bowser'sCastle.png
Bowser's Castle
.
MK8-Course-RainbowRoad.png
Rainbow Road
.
N/A

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

Mario winning the Champions Cup.
The Special Cup reappears in Mario Tennis Open. In this game it is called the Champions Cup. It is the last cup in the World Open tournament series. Players can unlock this cup when they clear the Banana Cup. When players clear this cup, their character earns a star rank, which boosts their stats and grants them access to the Star Open tournament series. The Champions Cup takes place in Mario Stadium, with the hard, clay, and grass courts being used for the starting, semifinal, and final rounds respectively.

Gallery[edit]

Emblems[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スペシャルカップ
Supesharu kappu
Special Cup
Spanish Copa Especial Special Cup
French Coupe Spéciale Special Cup
Dutch Speciale Beker Special Cup
German Spezial-Cup Special Cup
Italian Trofeo Speciale Special Trophy
Portuguese Taça Especial Special Cup
Russian Особый кубок
Osobyy kubok
Special Cup
Korean 스페셜 컵
Seupesheol Keop
Special Cup
Chinese 特別盃 (Traditional)[1]
Tèbié Bēi
皇冠杯 (Simplified, Mario Kart 7)[2]
Huángguàn Bēi
神游杯 (Simplified, Mario Kart 64)[3]
Shényóu Bēi
Special Cup

Crown Cup

iQue Cup

Trivia[edit]

  • Disregarding the combination of the three emblems used for the three previous cups in Super Mario Kart, the Special Cup is the only cup that does not feature an item usable in the Mario Kart series as its emblem. Previously, the Leaf Cup and Flower Cup used emblems that were not available as Mario Kart items until Mario Kart 7 was released.
  • Mario Kart 64's Special Cup is the only Special Cup to have all of its tracks remade.
  • In the Chinese version of Mario Kart 64, the Special Cup is called the "iQue Cup", named after of the home console iQue Player, which is not available outside China.
  • If the player selects Grand Prix mode in Mario Kart Wii, the Special Cup trophy from that game can be seen in the background.
  • Every course in Mario Kart 8's Special Cup aside from Rainbow Road involves Bowser in some manner: Cloudtop Cruise has a Bowser airship the player navigates through, Bone-Dry Dunes has the player gliding into a Dry Bowser-shaped cave opening, and Bowser's Castle is themed after Bowser himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo. Mario Kart 7 - 賽道. nintendo.tw. Retrieved January 28, 2017
  2. ^ iQue. 马力欧卡丁车7 : 赛道 (Mario Kart 7: Courses). Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  3. ^ iQue's localization of Mario Kart 64